Coogan Pavilion Will Stand
by Thomas MacMillan | Oct 19, 2012 4:56 pm
After a fire tore through an Edgewood Park pavilion, a city building official determined that the bulk of it is salvageable—but part of it will have come down.
The city’s Andy Rizzo reached that assessment after inspecting the still-smoldering scene of a two-alarm blaze in Edgewood Park Thursday night.
Assistant Fire Chief Ralph Black said the cause of the fire is still under investigation, but there is no indication of foul play.
Firefighters put out a large fire Thursday night that caused heavy damage to the Coogan Pavilion, near the skate park. The 40-year-old building, on the site of a former outdoor skating rink, has been used for storage and for camp programs during the summer months.
Coogan Pavilion is a large A-frame structure flanked by two one-story wings. Rizzo said the southern wing, a storage area where the fire was centralized, will have to come down. “The one-story portion is going to be demolished.” But the rest of the building is repairable, he said.
Assistant Chief Black said the fire “does not appear to be suspicious at all. If anything, it looks accidental.”
On Friday afternoon, parks department employees were on the scene, clearing away scraps and debris from the fire, including a truck full of burnt and bent metal chairs.
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